A late comeback was just that, a little bit too late for Lyon County in Saturday’s game against All A state champions Owensboro Catholic.
It was just two days ago that the No. 4 team in the state, the Owensboro Catholic Aces, claimed their fourth All A Classic State Championship in a landslide 12-2 win over Walton-Verona. The Lyons were hoping to snap a five-game winning streak of the Aces, but instead came up just a run short, 8-7 in the seventh inning.
The Lyons trailed the entire game. Owensboro put up two runs in the first with a double. Lyon answered back with a double from Aidan Rush, but it only yielded a single run which left the Lyons down 2-1.
A series of four singles and a walk allowed the Aces to stack up three runs in the top of the third and take a 5-1 lead. The Lyons wasted no time in the bottom of the inning with Gunnar Bingham up to the plate first. Bingham’s line drive double to right was followed up by Brody Williams for a run scored. Rush’s sacrifice fly allowed Williams home to trim the Aces Lead 5-3 before Christian O’Daniel’s ground ball was snagged at third for the last out.
In a final push of the evening, OCath was able to score two more runs in the top of the sixth leaving the Lyons down 8-3. The Lyons scored three times to trim the Aces’ lead back 8-6. Eli Baker’s deep ball into right sent Turner Hurst and Aidan Rush across the plate, while Bingham picked up the third run on a sacrifice fly to center field.
Travis Yancy, on the mound for the Lyons, held them off for one more half inning with it all coming down to one last at-bat for the Lyons. With only one out, Shoulders hit his seventh home run of the season, but with no base runners it would only put the Lyons within one at 8-7. All hope wasn’t lost though. Rush hit a ball deep into left earning him a double. Rush even took third on a wild pitch. Unfortunately for the Lyons, the next two batters either pooped up or flew out and Rush, the runner that could tie the game up, was left on third.
Lyon County collected 10 hits for the night. Rush led Lyon in hits going 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles, two RBIs and a run scored. Jackson Shoulders was 2-for-2 with a home run and a single while Eli Baker was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.
Yancy and Rush shared the mound with Yancy starting the first 4 1/3 innings and Rush pitching relief from the bullpen for the remaining 2 2/3 innings. Collectively, the two allowed 11 hits, striking out four and walking five.